Discussion Boards are a major part of the course as well as a big part of your overall grade in the course. Interaction is the key to learning! For this course, interaction is based on discussion board posts.
Each student must post their own response to the discussion board question (called an original thread) along with posting a response to at least two other student postings (called a peer response).
When you respond to a peer posting, you don’t always have to agree with them. Use your critical thinking skills and analyze their response, give more details or challenge their assumptions. Being a good student means using critical thinking!
You will want to create discussion board assignments that are meaningful and interesting to you personally and to your colleagues in the class.
- Textbook References: Clear references to the textbook are required in both the original thread post and both peer responses for all course DBs.
Textbook references should come from the chapter(s) specified in the assignment prompt and be clearly connected to your post and the assignment topic.
Be sure and include the chapter and page number from the textbook in your posts, for example (chapter 2, 59), just as you would do for any research paper/post!
- DBs: You can earn a total of 15 points per discussion board: 10 points maximum for your original thread posting and 5 points maximum for your response to 2 or more other student’s postings:
- Original posts should be at least 500-600 words total and have a least 1 textbook reference from each specified chapter. You will have 2 references per original DB post.
Each of the two peer responses should be at least 150 words each in length and have a least 1 textbook reference from the specified chapter. You will have a textbook reference in each of your peer response posts.
Chapter 7: Listening does not just happen face-to-face, but also when we respond to another person in writing. Use your favorite social media outlet (Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or a text discussion) and follow a couple of conversations. The conversations can be yours or interactions that others are having. Answer the following questions:
How is the listening process (hearing through responding) as described in the text impacted by conversations held via social media?
Copy an example of an original comment and another person’s response to the comment. What did the respondent say to indicate that they “heard” the other person’s message?
- Copy an example of an original comment and response where you perceived that the other person wasn’t “listening” to what the original poster said. What did the respondent say to make you believe that the original poster was not heard?
- Do you feel that other people are sincerely listening to you when you interact with them via social media? Why or why not?